2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase: 36 Top Recruits, 20 Commitments to College Programs, 11 Ranked Teams

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2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase: 36 Top Recruits, 20 Commitments to College Programs, 11 Ranked Teams

  • 11 Games
  • 36 Recruits in the ESPN rankings, including No. 1 Ben Simmons, No. 2 Jaylen Brown, and No. 3 Malik Newman
  • 20 Commitments to Top College Basketball Programs
  • 14 States Represented

ESPNU, ESPN, and ESPN2 will televise 11 premier games in the 2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase beginning Monday, Dec. 8 with Lancaster, Texas vs. No. 5 Plano West in Garland, Texas.  Two appearances by ESPN 100’s No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons (Montverde, Fla.) highlights a slate involving 11 ranked teams, 14 states, 36 players in the ESPN rankings, and 20 recruits who have committed to Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNLV, and Wake Forest.

2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase Highlights:

  • Number 1: No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons, who plays for No. 1 Montverde, Fla., will be televised twice: Friday, Dec. 12 (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and January 19 (3 p.m. on ESPNU).
  • Ranked Teams: In addition to No. 1 Montverde, Fla., the showcase features nationally ranked No. 3 Oak Hill Academy, Va.; No. 4 Bishop Gorman, Nev.; No. 5 Plano West, Texas; No. 6 Findlay Prep Nev.; No. 11 Wheeler, Ga.; No. 12 Simeon, Ill.; No. 13 Our Savior New American, N.Y.; No. 16 Bishop O’Dowd, Calif.; No. 17 Sierra Canyon, Calif.; and No. 19 DeMatha, Md. Team rankings are per USA Today (Nov. 24).
  • Ranked vs. Ranked: Five matchups featuring one ranked team vs. another ranked team:
    • 4 Bishop Gorman, Nev. vs. No. 1 Montverde, Fla.
    • 16 Bishop O’ Dowd, Calif. at No. 1 Montverde, Fla.
    • 19 DeMatha, Md. vs. No. 17 Sierra Canyon, Calif.
    • 13 Our Savior New American, N.Y. vs. No. 6 Findlay Prep, Nev.
    • 16 Bishop O’Dowd, Calif.  vs. No. 11 Wheeler, Ga.
  • National Showcase: 14 states will be represented across the 11 games: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

ESPN 100 Participants (Seniors)

Rank and Player Position
(Pos. Rank)*
High School College
No. 1 Ben Simmons PF (1) Montverde, Fla. LSU
No. 2 Jaylen Brown SF (1) Wheeler, Ga.
No. 3 Malik Newman SG (1) Callaway, Miss
No. 5 Ivan Rabb PF (3) Bishop O’Dowd, Calif.
No. 6 Diamond Stone C (1) Dominican, Wis.
No. 7 Cheick Diallo PF (4) Our Savior New American, N.Y.
No. 9 Chase Jeter C (3) Bishop Gorman, NV Duke
No. 10 Stephen Zimmerman C (4) Bishop Gorman, NV
No. 17 Allonzo Trier SG (3) Findlay Prep, Nev. Arizona
No. 18 Carlton Bragg PF Villa Angela St. Joseph, Ohio
No. 20 Tyler Davis C Plano West, Texas Texas A&M
No. 28 Dedric Lawson PF Hamilton, Tenn. Memphis
No. 29 Elijah Thomas C Lancaster, Texas Texas A&M
No. 35 D.J. Hogg SF Plano West, Texas Texas A&M
No. 39 Dwayne Bacon SF Oak Hill, Va. Florida State
No. 40 K.J. Lawson SF Hamilton, Tenn. Memphis
No. 44 Charles Matthews SG St. Rita, Ill. Kentucky
No. 50 D.J. Williams SF Simeon, Ill. Illinois
No. 54 Noah Dickerson PF Montverde, Fla. Florida
No. 55 Horace Spencer PF Findlay Prep, Nev. Auburn (committed)
No. 60 Doral Moore C Montverde, Fla. Wake Forest
No. 61 Daniel Giddens C Oak Hill, Va. Ohio State
No. 62 Ed Morrow PF Simeon, Ill Nebraska
No. 73 Damon Wilson, Jr. PG Our Savior New American, N.Y. Pittsburgh
No. 74 Franklin Howard SG Paul VI, Va. Syracuse
No. 81 Josh Reaves SG Oak Hill, Va. Penn State
No. 94 Davon Dillard SF Our Savior New American, N.Y.

ESPN 60 Participants (Juniors)

Rank and Player Position
(Pos. Rank)*
High School Verbal College Commitment
No. 1 Jayson Tatum SF (1) Chaminade, Mo.
No. 10 Derryck Thornton PG (2) Findlay Prep, Nev.
No. 16 V.J. King SF (4) Paul VI, Va.
No. 26 Justin Jackson SF Findlay Prep, Nev. UNLV
No. 47 Devearl Ramsey PG Sierra Canyon, Calif.
No. 60 Zach Norvell SG Simeon, Ill.

ESPN 25 Participants (Sophomores)

Rank and Player Position
(Pos Rank)*
High School
No. 9 P.J. Washington PF (3) Findlay Prep, Nev.
No. 10 Cody Riley PF (4) Sierra Canyon, Calif.
No. 17 DJ Harvey, Jr. SF (5) DeMatha, Md.

*only designated if in top 5

2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase Television Schedule:
(All Times ET)

  • Lancaster, Texas vs. No. 5 Plano West, Texas
    Monday, Dec., 8: 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2 from Curtis Culwell Center, Garland, Texas
  • No. 16 Bishop O’ Dowd, Calif. at No. 1 Montverde, Fla.
    Friday, Dec.,12: 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2 from Montverde Academy, Montverde, Fla.
  • No. 12 Simeon, Ill. vs. St Rita, Ill.
    Friday, Dec., 19: 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2 from Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Ill.
  • No. 19 DeMatha, Md. vs. No. 17 Sierra Canyon, Calif.
    Friday, Jan., 2: 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • No. 13 Our Savior New American, N.Y. vs. No. 6 Findlay Prep, Nev.
    Friday, Jan., 2: 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • No. 3 Oak Hill, Va. vs. Hamilton, Tenn.
    Saturday, Jan., 10: 4 p.m. on ESPN from Arlington High School in Arlington, Tenn.
  • No. 16 Bishop O’Dowd, Calif vs. No. 11 Wheeler, Ga.
    Monday, Jan., 19: 11 a.m. on ESPNU from Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass.
  • No. 3 Oak Hill, Va. vs. Villa Angela St. Joseph, Ohio.
    Monday, Jan., 19: 1 p.m. on ESPNU from Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass.
  • No. 4 Bishop Gorman, Nev. vs. No. 1 Montverde, Fla.
    Monday, Jan., 19: 3 p.m. on ESPNU from Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass.
  • Chaminade, Mo. vs. Paul VI, Va.
    Monday, Jan., 19: 5 p.m. on ESPNU from Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass.
  • Callaway, Miss. vs. Dominican, Wis.
    Saturday, Feb., 14: 10 p.m. on ESPNU from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis.

The 2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase is produced in conjunction with Paragon Marketing Group.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

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Derek Volner

I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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